Michael Block missed the cut at Colonial in his first start since bursting onto the scene at the PGA Championship, although the physically drained club professional is happy to return home after a whirlwind journey during which he became an overnight sensation.
The 46-year-old Block earned a sponsor’s exemption into this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. He was unable to repeat the magic that earned him a share of 15th place in last week’s major at Oak Hill.
Block carded a 4-over 74 on Friday, which was a 7-shot improvement over his opening round of the PGA Tour event but still left him in last place when he left Colonial Country Club.
After the emotional roller coaster of the past week, Block said it was still too soon to exhale.
“I’m not going to let it all out until I get probably in the — when I get to my house and I’m sitting in the backyard — no, I can’t talk about this stuff right now,” Block said. “My black lab, Messy, he’s waiting for me. I haven’t seen him in almost two weeks, and I can’t wait to get home and throw the ball with him.”
Block, the head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California, was a virtual unknown when he arrived at the PGA Championship just more than a week ago. Over the span of four days, however, he captivated the golfing world with his performance.
Even Block did not have such high expectations. He had booked a 10 a.m. ET flight for last Saturday morning. Instead, he was playing in the third round of the year’s second major.
“So, to say the least, for me to finish 15th and make the cut and be there on Sunday and for whatever happened is insane because we were all going home Saturday morning, and that didn’t happen obviously,” Block said. “Life changed a little bit since then, and I’ve enjoyed every single moment.”
At Colonial, Block produced some highlights — a near-ace and a brilliant approach shot off a bridge to save par — but mostly struggled, especially off the tee, where he is normally accurate. The physical toll of the past week was evident.
“I think I felt the wrath of the golf gods this week, which I get it. I completely get it, and I don’t blame them for it because they gave me a lot of positive things last week,” said Block, who also has been invited to the RBC Canadian Open, which begins June 8.
“I got it. I’m not even surprised by it. I’m not surprised at all by my kicks and whatever else happened, my lies. It is what it is, and I’m moving on.”